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Isle of Jura

In 1963, the spirit sprang from the Jura stills for the first time since the turn of the 20th century. The whisky distillery is the Isle of Jura’s one and only and underwent a substantial rebuild; nothing remained from the old buildings save for the walls. The buildings were designed by William Delmé-Evans who would later be the principal architect for the Tullibardine distillery. It was two local estate owners, Robin Fletcher and Tony Riley-Smith who employed Delmé-Evans to renovate the distillery in a bid to boost the local economy.

Despite the relative close proximity between Islay and Jura, the whiskies are rather dissimilar. Jura whiskies offer power, but none of the intense peat smoke of its Ìleach cousins from across the narrow channel between the two isles. The Isle of Jura distillery was founded by Archibald Campbell in 1810 and named the Small Isles Distillery. It was some eight years after the License Act of 1823 that William Abercombie obtained a license for the distillery, renaming it Isle Of Jura.

The name derives from the Old Norse for ‘deer island’, a reference, most probably, to the large local herds of deer, which more than outnumber the isle’s human population. The most notable resident was George Orwell, who famously travelled to the isle on a bright, cold day to write '1984'. There have been several independent bottlings as well as an extensive official range which include the 2008 release of four vintages which make up the Elements series.

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About Isle Of Jura Whisky Distillery

Distillery Number

01496 820240

Distillery Founded

1810

Distillery Capacity

2 200 000 litres

Distillery Status

Active

Distillery Address

Craighouse, Isle of Jura PA60 7XT

Distillery Owner

Whyte & Mackay

Distillery Website

www.isleofjura.com

1810

Archibald Campbell founds a distillery named Small Isles Distillery.

1831

William Abercombie obtains the first licence for Isle of Jura Distillery.

1853

Richard Campbell leases the distillery to Norman Buchanan from Glasgow.

1867

Buchanan files for bankruptcy and J. & K. Orr takes over the distillery.

1876

The licence is transferred to James Ferguson & Sons.

1901

The distillery closes and Ferguson dismantles the distillery.

1960

Charles Mackinlay & Co. embarks on reconstruction and extension of the distillery. Newly formed Scottish & Newcastle Breweries acquires Charles Mackinlay & Co.

1962

Scottish & Newcastle forms Mackinlay-McPherson for the operation of Isle of Jura.

1963

The first distilling after reconstruction takes place.

1978

Stills are doubled from two to four.

1985

Invergordon Distilleries acquires Charles Mackinlay & Co., Isle of Jura and Glenallachie from Scottish & Newcastle Breweries.

1993

Whyte & Mackay (Fortune Brands) buys Invergordon Distillers.

1996

Whyte & Mackay changes name to

2001

The management of JBB (Greater Europe) buys out the company from the owners Fortune Brands and changes the name to Kyndal.

2002

Isle of Jura Superstition is launched.

2003

Kyndal reverts back to its old name, Whyte & Mackay. Isle of Jura 1984 is launched.

2004

Two cask strengths (15 and 30 years old) are released in limited numbers.

2006

The 40 year old Jura is released.

2007

United Spirits buys Whyte & Mackay. The 18 year old Delmé-Evans and an 8 year old heavily peated expression are released.

2008

A series of four different vintages, called Elements, is released.

Reproduced from the Malt Whisky Yearbook 2009 with the kind permission of Mr Ingvar Ronde

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This is a rare 1970s bottling of 8 year old Isle of Jura pure malt Scotch whisky. That term isn't used all that much any more, so this is a neat little piece of history, especially for those of you...  More info
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An indie bottling of 21 year old Jura whisky, distilled in 1992, matured in a bourbon hogshead and bottled in February 2014 by Cadenhead with an outturn of 114 bottles. A top Island distillery and a...  More info
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A discontinued Isle of Jura whisky, this 21 year old was a Bronze medal winner at the 2005 International Wine and Spirits Competition.  More info
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By Jove, it's an independently bottle Jura single malt! This 7 year whisky is presented in a gorgeous decanter that's covered in alliteration and is described as being subtly smoky, spicy and...  More info
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Bottled at natural cask strength, this is a superb whisky from Isle of Jura's Boutique Barrels range. It was distilled in 1995 and aged in top-quality bourbon wood.  More info
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This was distilled at the Isle of Jura distillery in 1997 before a maturation in refill sherry hogsheads. This is a light, buttery whisky from Gordon and MacPhail's Connoisseurs Choice range. This...  More info
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The Isle of Jura's new 1977 vintage "Juar" is a spectacular dram which was filled into three first-fill bourbon casks for the initial maturation before a 12 month finish in a ruby port pipe. The...  More info
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This is a delicious sherry-matured single malt from the Isle of Jura's Boutique Barrels range. It was distilled in 1993 before a maturation in American white oak. Then it was aged in Oloroso Pasada...  More info
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Elixirs are said to give life to those who need it, if fantasy fiction is to be believed. While we don't think this Isle of Jura 12 Year Old Elixir has any magical properties (in fact, we're sure of...  More info
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Produced by the Isle of Jura, this is a lovely 1999 vintage which was distilled from heavily peated malt. It was aged in top-quality American oak up until 2006, at which time it was finished in...  More info
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A core bottling from the Isle of Jura's only distillery. This 10 year old has exhibits the distillery's classic oily, briny characteristics.  More info
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Isle of Jura Prophecy
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A very peated edition from Isle of Jura, Prophecy is made from a selection of old and rare Jura whiskies. Very interesting indeed.  More info
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Made up of whiskies aged for 13 years and 21 years, with 13 percent heavily peated malt. It turns out Stevie was wrong, Superstition is the way…  More info
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This 16 year old from the Isle of Jura was a bronze medal winner at the 2004 International Wine and Spirits Competition.  More info
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Released to celebrate 200 years of distilling at the Isle of Jura. This 21 year old was specially selected and finished in a 1963 cask that previously held Gonzalez Byass Oloroso sherry.  More info
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A 16 year old Jura, selected by Jim McEwan, Bruichladdich's Master Distiller. This was aged in bourbon barrels and finished in port casks before bottling at the Bruichladdich distillery as part of an...  More info
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A release of just 684 bottles from the Isle of Jura Elements series. Each "Element" displays a different part of distillation. In this instance, Fire reflects the charred bourbon cask this 1998...  More info
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Isle of Jura 1974
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From the three whiskies in the Isle of Jura Paps range, celebrating the island's mighty mountains. Sacred Mountain was finished in Barolo wine casks.  More info
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A presentation gift set with a bottle of Isle of Jura Superstition with a telescopic pocket tumbler with which to drink your superstitious whisky. Superstition if a blend of old Jura malts and...  More info
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A very special single malt from Jura, inspired by the Isle's Mountain of Gold. This was finished in a Pinot Noir wine cask.  More info
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Mountain of the Sound! It sounds epic! This 15 year old Jura was finished in Cabernet Sauvignon casks and is part of the trio of 15 year old whiskies inspired by the Jura Paps, there are just 1,366...  More info
A box set with the Paps trio from Isle of Jura. These are three 15 year old whiskies, limited to 1,366 bottles of each, and inspired by the Paps of Jura. The Mountain of the Sound single malt is...  More info
A single cask Island malt from the Isle of Jura. This was distilled on the 6th October 1997, matured for 11 years in refill butt number 9211 before bottling by Signatory on the 2nd March 2009. A...  More info
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